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Name of the Game is Death Paperback – Jul 1 1988


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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Black Lizard Books (July 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0887390420
  • ISBN-13: 978-0887390425
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.8 x 0.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,294,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
To give credit where credit is due this was another recommendation from Gorman's "The Big Book of Noir" and it was right on point. As Gorman says about Marlowe "his best stuff just explodes every thirty pages or so".
Here's an exciting litle excerpt-the protaginost Drake ("the man with nobody's face")is in a motel room with Lucille who-as it turns out-gets her jollies by seducing men and then watching as her boyfriend barges in on them and beats the ... out of the man that Lucille just seduced. Drake, being a tough and smart guy, figures this out and ends up suckering Lucille's boyfriend into breaking into an empty motel room-he leaves frustrated and now Drake has Lucille all to himself."Now what are you going to do?", Lucille asks Drake.To quote the book:"I'll show you," I said. It was four in the morning before we left there. Fifty percent of us had enjoyed it."
What can I say-great book that they just don't make like this anymore.
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By A Customer on Dec 1 2000
Format: Paperback
A career bank robber becomes a detective in order to investigate the disappearance of his partner after a job goes awry. This book is dark, gritty and full of suspense. The book is really well written and has a strong plot. There are many twists and exciting characters. Although the book is a little hard to find it's worth the read. It's the first book in a series of 12. I can't recommend this book highly enough.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
At The Hard End Of Hard-Boiled Feb. 16 2002
By POP - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
To give credit where credit is due this was another recommendation from Gorman's "The Big Book of Noir" and it was right on point. As Gorman says about Marlowe "his best stuff just explodes every thirty pages or so".
Here's an exciting litle excerpt-the protaginost Drake ("the man with nobody's face")is in a motel room with Lucille who-as it turns out-gets her jollies by seducing men and then watching as her boyfriend barges in on them and beats the ... out of the man that Lucille just seduced. Drake, being a tough and smart guy, figures this out and ends up suckering Lucille's boyfriend into breaking into an empty motel room-he leaves frustrated and now Drake has Lucille all to himself."Now what are you going to do?", Lucille asks Drake.To quote the book:"I'll show you," I said. It was four in the morning before we left there. Fifty percent of us had enjoyed it."
What can I say-great book that they just don't make like this anymore.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The Name of the Game is Death Dec 1 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A career bank robber becomes a detective in order to investigate the disappearance of his partner after a job goes awry. This book is dark, gritty and full of suspense. The book is really well written and has a strong plot. There are many twists and exciting characters. Although the book is a little hard to find it's worth the read. It's the first book in a series of 12. I can't recommend this book highly enough.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
sock on the jaw, sap to the head Dec 27 2007
By D. Sturm - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I thought I knew from hard-boiled until I ran into this nasty little gem. It's a cliche, but they simply do not write 'em like this anymore. The level of ruthlessness has you almost shaking your head in wonder. Yet our "hero" does have rules and we come to respect them. By the last page my jaw was so clenched my teeth hurt and I wished I could hand the guy a gun and see what happens next.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This is MY favorite hard-boiled book June 21 2002
By Dave Zeltserman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
What can I say? This is just a terrific book. As explosive and unexptected as they come. Any one who loves hard-boiled books has got to read this one.
-Dave Zeltserman, author of In His Shadow
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Hardboiled? You came to the right place, bud. April 19 2003
By LGwriter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
OK. You got your Chandler who's in love with his own words. You got your Hammett who started the whole thing off. You got a whole lot of other guys--Woolrich, Goodis, Thompson, the whole crew. And you got Dan Marlowe, who is GREAT.
This baby reads like Dan's middle initials are HB and you know what that stands for. No stinting on sex and the main character is smart and tough, too. Is this pulp? Yeah, you bet--the best pulp around. Written in the 50s, it holds up really well because there's no wasted words; Marlowe doesn't spend time showing off like the almighty Raymond does. He just gets right down to business immediately--the novel starts off with a bank robbery and then keeps its toughness straight through to the end.
When one of your crew gets whacked you check it out. That's what drives the book and it's a great driver, pushing and pulling through the guys and dames who make things sexy, ugly, interesting, or just plain crazy til the very end.
Great book for all hardboiled fans. Check it out, pardner.

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